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5 Mental Habits That Will Make You Much Smarter, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

IQ is largely fixed, but intelligence depends on context and approach.<p>Give a person an IQ test in elementary school and again when he or she is a senior citizen and science suggests the score will remain largely unchanged. Which means, like it or not, our sheer mental horsepower is largely …

Note-Taking

12 Simple Work-Life Balance Tips That Will Make You a Happier and More Successful Person | Inc.com

Your team looks to you as a leader, and most days, burnout is simply not an option. After all, the responsibility of making the business a success falls on your shoulders -- and that can mean serious pressure.<p>So how do you find a simple work life balance that allows you to take charge, but also …

Productivity

Thich Nhat Hanh: The Power Of Walking Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness – the art of focusing your attention to the present moment - is a way to develop peace and happiness in our lives according to Thich Nhat …

Meditation

24 Hours, 90 Years - Photographs and text by Simona Bonanno | LensCulture

Aunt Sara lives alone. She has never been married. She used to live with her parents and since 20 years ago, with her younger sister. She has never needed to work to live. At the age of 40, she decided to teach because she was little bored: an activity like crochet, reading, cooking cakes, charity …

Photography

Stop Trying So Hard to Be Happy

Everything we do in life is, at the end of the day, in pursuit of happiness. But trying too hard to be happy could actually keep you from …

Happiness

To Get More Creative, Become Less Productive

There is a fundamental tension between productivity and creativity, and managers won’t get more of the latter until they recognize it.<p>Productive people move through the tasks they have to accomplish in a systematic way. They make steady and measurable progress toward their goals. They make …

Creativity

5 of the Toughest Things Every Father Needs to Talk to His Daughter About

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What are the five toughest things every father needs to talk to his daughter about?</i><p><i>Answer by Sanjay Sabnani, Asian Dad</i><p>As a father of three daughters, I think about them and their future constantly; especially now that my eldest daughter is headed off to …

Self-improvement

In The Cold: the Tajik migrants scratching a living in Russia

One in four Tajik citizens lives and works in Russia. Ksenia Diodorova spent last winter photographing families living in Tajikistan's remote Gorno-Badakhshan province. She then met with their relatives working in Russia to support them financially. The result is In The Cold, a photo essay …

The Science Behind Our Urge To Procrastinate

Cranking out a final paper hours before the deadline. Putting off that trip to the supermarket until the refrigerator shelves are completely barren. Watching one, two, even <i>three</i> more episodes of "Orange Is The New Black" before finally shutting down Netflix and calling it a night.<p>We all …

Charles Bukowski, Arthur C. Clarke, Annie Dillard, John Cage, and Others on the Meaning of Life

The quest to understand the meaning of life has haunted humanity since the dawn of existence. Modern history alone has given us a plethora of attempted answers, including ones from Steve Jobs, Stanley Kubrick, David Foster Wallace, Anais Nin, Ray Bradbury, and Jackson Pollock’s dad. In 1988, the …

What Is Love? Famous Definitions from 400 Years of Literary History

After those collections of notable definitions of art, science, and philosophy, here comes a selection of poetic definitions of a peculiar phenomenon that is at once more amorphous than art, more single-minded than science, and more philosophical than philosophy itself. Gathered here are some of …

How to Make Saffron Potatoes

Originating in Spain, saffron potatoes is a spectacularly colored dish that will brighten up any meal. Their exotic flavor makes a nice change from …

The Unexpected Antidote to Procrastination

A recent early morning hike in Malibu, California, led me to a beach, where I sat on a rock and watched surfers. I marveled at these courageous men and women who woke before dawn, endured freezing water, paddled through barreling waves, and even risked shark attacks, all for the sake of, maybe, …